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Six high performance antennas and powerful amplifiers deliver maximum range throughout your home.

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The Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Router with Tri-Band WiFi delivers the fastest combined WiFi speed up to 3.2Gbps with 6 high performance antennas for maximum range.

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  • Get the fastest speed available - up to 3.2Gbps
  • Tri-Band Wi-Fi delivers more Wi-Fi for more devices
  • 6 high performance antennas & powerful amplifiers maximize range
  • Smart Connect designates slower and faster devices to separate Wi-Fi bands
  • 1GHz dual core processor with 3 offload processors
  • Implicit and Explicit beam forming improve range reliability
  • USB 3.0 port offers high-speed, storage-ready access
  • Manage your home network with NETGEAR genie
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Model Options

  • CM500 Cable Modem Bundle
  • Router
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  • 1GHz dual core processor delivers lag-free gaming
  • Tri-Band WiFi avoids interference & optimizes network performance
  • Six high performance antennas & powerful amplifiers maximize range
  • Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals & delivers stronger connections
  • Secure remote access to your home network via VPN
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects best WiFi for every device
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  • 3.2Gbps—The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming
  • Tri-Band WiFi provides more bandwidth for multiple HD streams
  • Connect a USB storage device to store & stream your own media
  • Free Parental Controls for a safe, & easy way to manage online browsing
  • Find & play stored media on TVs & game consoles
  • Play music on Airplay compatible devices using iTunes or Apple Remote
  • Free PC software automatically backs up files to a connected USB drive
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  • Tri-Band WiFi provides more WiFi bands to get the best connection
  • Smart-Connect selects the fastest WiFi connection for each device
  • Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals for more reliable connections
  • NETGEAR genie makes any printer AirPrint compatible
  • Turbo Transfer allows sharing of files between PC, Mac or Android devices
  • EZ Mobile Connect—Scan a QR code & connect to WiFi securely
  • Use the NETGEAR genie App on your smartphone to find & play media files
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Smart-Connect: Get the fastest WiFi speed on every device

  • Automatically connects slower and faster devices in separate WiFi network.
  • Load balances to ensure both 5GHz WiFi networks are utilized.
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3.2Gbps – The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming

TRI-BAND WIFI – Up to 600 + 1300 + 1300 Mbps

GIGABIT WIFI – Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

GIGABIT WIRED—Ideal for HD gaming & video

Reliable Connections

SIMULTANEOUS TRI-BAND – Reduces interference for better connections to more WiFi devices

BEAMFORMING+ – Boosts speed, reliability, & range of WiFi connections for 2.4 & 5GHz

WiFi Range

ULTIMATE RANGE – WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

ANTENNAS – High-powered amplifiers and six high performance antennas

Ease of Use

EASY INSTALL – Easy setup for iPad, tablets, smartphones & computers

NETGEAR GENIE APP – Personal dashboard to monitor, control & repair your home network

PUSH ‘N’ CONNECT – Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)

WIFI & POWER ON/OFF – Convenient power savings


DLNA – Fine & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles

READYSHARE USB ACCESS – Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive & printer via two USB ports

ONE SUPERSPEED USB 3.0 PORT – Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

READYSHARE PRINTER – Wirelessly access & share a USB printer

READYSHARE VAULT – Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router

iTunes COMPATIBLE – Play your USB-stored music using AirPlay or Apple Remote


PARENTAL CONTROLS – Web site filtering for all your connected devices

GUEST NETWORK ACCESS – Separate & secure access for guests

SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS – Highest level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

OPEN SOURCE SUPPORT – Download open source firmware from

PERSONAL FTP SERVER – Customized free URL to create FTP server

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NETGEAR genie app

  • Home network manager
  • Makes any printer AirPrint compatible to print from an iPad or iPhone
  • My Media—Find and play media files in your network
  • EZ Mobile connect—Scan QR code to connect to your home network
  • Turbo-Transfer—Quickly transfer files within your home network across various devices 40% faster than normal file transfers
  • For PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, & Android devices
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What's Included

  • R8000 Tri-Band WiFi Router
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter
  • Quick install guide
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Technical Specifications

  • Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi -Tx/Rx 3x3 (2.4GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz)
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi for every device
  • Six (6) high performance external antennas
  • High power amplifiers
  • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz
  • Powerful Dual-Core 1GHz processor
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports -1 WAN & 4 LAN
  • ReadySHARE USB to share your USB hard drive & printer
  • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
  • On/Off LED light switch - VPN Support- secure remote access
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When all 3 bands are active, do you see 3 different wifi connections? Meaning 1 2.4 and 2 5 Ghz? Or are the 2 5 Ghz both under 1 name?

    With Smart Connect turned on you will see 2 SSIDs, one for the 2.4 and one for the 5GHz. (The router then uses Smart Connect to connect each device to the best 5GHz channel, depending on the device and the current number of devices on each of the channels.

  • Does this device support time machine backups, like previous nighthawk models?

    Yes it does.

  • How many devices can reliably connect to this router simultaneously?

    The router can handle this many connected devices, but the actual number of concurrently active clients will depend on what those clients are doing. i.e. 100 devices can be connected to the Network at the same time, but there wouldn't be enough bandwidth to support them simultaneously downloading/transfer/etc. data at the same time.

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Minimum System Requirements

  • Microsoft 8,7, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0, Firefox 2.0, Safari 1.4, or Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher
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